Daily Prompt Proud When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?
“I’m proud of you, Lamont.”
People telling me they’re proud of me is always a little odd. Sometimes it comes across as icky and condescending. Not long ago my Aunt Madelyn told me that I’d “…done all right in spite of everything.” I did not know how to take that. It was weird. Sure, I’ve had a few major obstacles in my life, but so what? Who hasn’t? And what’s more, she doesn’t know the HALF of it — the good, the bad or the ugly. But… I took it as it was meant and accepted her odd “I’m proud of you” graciously. I know her kids would KILL to have her say that to them.
A couple of my artist friends “said” this to me in the last week when the review of Martin of Gfenn was published by the Historical Novel Society. That meant a lot since they are also up against an artist’s biggest wall; discouragement. Just as with writing novels, 90 million people are coming out as artists — way more than the world needs — and the competition is fierce, the work is lonely and often difficult. One of my painter friends said, “Way to persevere!” I liked that because I know she KNOWS.